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New York Times, Thursday, March 22, 2012

O. Henry Award winner for "In the Region of Ice" (1967) and "The Dead" (1973)

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FJQXY} This is puzzle # 98 for Mr. Arbesfeld.
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© 2012, The New York Times3/22/12 ( No. 22,780 )
Across
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The Rhinemaidens in the "Ring" cycle, e.g. : SPRITES
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Cracks up : GOESMAD
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Hot stuff : EROTICA
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Went for on a gut feeling : RANWITH
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Wing part : AILERON
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Their images are out of this world : ATLASES
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Entrees for one of Dion's backup singers? : BELMONTSTEAKS
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Ballpark figs. : ESTS
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"Who's there?" reply : ITISI
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Weapon in some raids : UZI
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W.W. II arena : ETO
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Late-night TBS show : CONAN
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Old royal : TSAR
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Discounts at garages? : PARKINGBREAKS
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Laulau side dish : POI
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Singer : RAT
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Severely reduced wagers? : CHOPPEDSTAKES
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Circus sounds : OOHS
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"... ___ wed" : ITHEE
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Like a line whose slope is zero: Abbr. : HOR
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Sweetheart : GEM
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Forum garb : TOGAE
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___ Valley : NAPA
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What mechanics may do as part of a tuneup? : SERVICEBRAKES
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Irish lass : COLLEEN
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Ones requesting seconds? : DUELERS
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Primed : ONALERT
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Not so fast : GRADUAL
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Showed reverence for, in a way : BOWEDTO
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Orbital figure : ELLIPSE
Down
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One making camp? : SEABEE
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White-collar worker : PRIEST
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Antique desk feature : ROLLTOP
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Celebrity couples, usually : ITEMS
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Rookie: Var. : TIRO
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Big campaign topic: Abbr. : ECON
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"Great" part for Duvall : SANTINI
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Danger for wearers of high-heel shoes : GRATING
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O. Henry Award winner for "In the Region of Ice" (1967) and "The Dead" (1973) : OATES
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China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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Valentine letters? : SWAK
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Wearer of a crown since 1952 : MISSUSA
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Absorbed the cost of : ATE
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Some A.L. batters : DHS
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"South Park" boy : STAN
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Ringo's drumming son : ZAK
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Grp. with a complex code : IRS
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Shorten : CROP
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1930s migrant : OKIE
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Casse-___ (French brainteaser) : TETE
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Many downloads : APPS
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"Bramble ___" (book of Robert Bridges poems) : BRAE
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Casino collector : RAKE
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Certain tooth : COG
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Flat-headed tool : HOE
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Current principle : OHMSLAW
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Start chowing down : DIGINTO
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Opposite of legato: Abbr. : STAC
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U2 member : THEEDGE
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Disturb : SHAKEUP
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Met expectations? : OPERAS
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Brawl in the backwoods : RASSLE
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In a tough spot : TREED
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Plain : OVERT
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Silents star Nita : NALDI
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Palindromic magazine title : ELLE
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Small knot : BURL
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Very, informally : REAL
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Ear piece? : COB
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Celebrity widowed in 1980 : ONO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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